A Modular Visual Interface for Computational Fluids Forecasting

by Chieh-Cheng J. Yen, Ohio State Univ, Columbus, United States,
Keith W. Bedford, Ohio State Univ, Columbus, United States,
Jill L. Kempf, Ohio State Univ, Columbus, United States,
Robert E. Marshall, Ohio State Univ, Columbus, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


A forecasting system is under development for predicting the three-dimensional physical features (e.g. velocity, temperature etc.) of large water bodies. Visualization and interface development software is used to facilitate the construction of the modular visual interface in the forecasting system. The modular interface integrates the numerical model, data assimilation, various graphics representations, network communication, database management, results verification and human factors to achieve a smooth, full scale operational forecast. Effective interaction between scientists, supercomputer, workstationns, personal computers and the consumers is obtained by building on-screen control panels with labels, buttons, dials, sliders and text input functions. The interface takes advantage of the availability of the visualization and interface development software to combine all the modules with the associated control panels and is being implemented in the Great Lakes Forecasting System which provides real-time forecasts of the Lakes' physical features.

Subject Headings: Forecasting | Modular structures | Fluid velocity | Flow visualization | Computer models | Computer software | Graphic methods | Computing in civil engineering | Great Lakes

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